Book Review: Early Retirement Extreme

For over five years now, I’ve spent most of my waking hours reading and writing about money. I’ve learned a lot. Using this knowledge, I’ve been able to get out of debt, build savings, and even begin pursuing my passions. What’s next? […]

Ask the Readers: What's Your Favorite App Idea?

Editor's Note: Due to Facebook changing their promotions guideline rules, we had to select two winners from the comments and one from Twitter. Congratulations to Chris, NJJ, and 1bets1 for winning this week's contest!  For iPhone's alone, there are over 350,000 apps available for download. […]

How to Always Be on Time

When it's really important for you to be somewhere on time — job interview, first date, wedding — you have to plan ahead. These tips can help, and you may be surprised to find that it's not just as simple as "leave early." (See also: 10 Ways to Save Time by Spending Time) 1. […]

Herbal Supplements: Know What You’re Getting!

The natural health market abounds with herbal supplement companies, each of which promises to provide you with the best, healthiest supplements around. This one has all natural, organic ingredients. That one uses only herbs and no other substances ever. This other one says that its supplements have the highest quality ingredients around. […]

Best Money Tips: Wedding Makeup on a Budget

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on how to do your wedding makeup on a budget, ways you're getting ripped off, and Father's Day gift ideas under $100. Top 5 Articles How to Do Wedding Makeup on a Budget - 10 Tips & Ideas — Save money on your wedding makeup by having a makeup party. […]

Retirement May Be Bad for Your Brain

In case you haven't noticed, I have retirement on the brain lately. I started by posting my updated retirement plan, then followed that with some additional numbers from a financial calculator. Add in a few extra posts on this and that and it's been retirement central around here lately. […]

Today’s Giveaway: $50 and The Gift of Stock

While the forecast is calling for rain all week where I live, the free gifts are raining down at Consumerism Commentary. Giveaway May continues right now with the twelfth freebie of the month. […]

Online Fraud May Mean Losing More Than Your Money

What happens when you mix anonymity and emotions with money? Be careful when you make financial or romantic connections through the Internet. Sometimes, it does not pay to go online, especially if you have money! […]

Filing Day

Since our third child was born, I’ve found that it’s been more and more difficult to find time for some of the more routine and mundane personal finance tasks. […]

The "Here I Am" Speech

The following is an excerpt from RecruiterGuy's Guide to Finding a Job. If you recall, we've previously discussed the elevator speech.Your “Here I Am!” speech is also called an elevator speech or one-minute commercial. This is the beginning of branding yourself as a candidate or professional. The more successful candidates are the ones who do agood job differentiating themselves. […]

NY Times Buy vs. Rent Calculator

The New York Times has one of the slickest looking buy or rent calculators (one of the hottest Devil’s Advocate subjects on Bargaineering is rent vs. buy) I’ve seen in quite some time. […]

Finances in 55 Seconds: Needs vs. Wants

One of the fundamental concepts of personal finance is understanding the difference between needs and wants. Being able to make this distinction is key to financial success. […]

How to Buy Precious Metals Including Gold and Silver

There are two main reasons to head towards precious metals as a major investment. One reason one might significantly invest in metals is the belief that the value of gold and silver will increase more than other types of investments like stocks and bonds, or that the investment in metals will provide a certain type of diversification. […]

500 Things To Do Before You Kick the Bucket Review

I like to think of myself as a fairly adventurous kind of gal. That’s why I had to buy Donald Vaughan’s 500 Things To Do Before You Kick the Bucket from Kinko’s yesterday. […]

Looks Like the Income Needed to Become Wealthy is Far Lower than Most People Think

Here's an interesting article that will likely cause some heated discussion. :-)Sign On San Diego recently featured a piece on Roger and Ericka Covalt, residents of Poway, California, and their financial situation. […]

Why People Spend Too Much

I recently ran across an interesting article over on about whether or not credit cards are addictive. […]

Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Why pay someone when I can do it myself? Enjoy!!! […]

Reader Mailbag: Childhood Toys

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. How much for college? 2. Information security 3. Repay loans? Save for retirement? 4. Investigating a mutual fund 5. New central air while retired 6. Vision coverage 7. Trading by mail 8. Helping Mom 9. […]

Are You On the Credit Bureau VIP List?

If you’re a celebrity, politician, or otherwise in the public eye, you may be on VIP lists maintained by the credit reporting bureaus, granting you a different level of customer service. […]

What Happens If Ally Bank Buys ING Direct?

Last week, there was news about Ally Bank in talks to buy ING Direct. It would be a marriage of my two favorite online banks*. The biggest question I had, as a customer of both, is what should I expect after an acquisition. […]